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Maison Carree

Place de la Maison Carree, 30000 Nimes, France
+33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Ranked #5 of 19 attractions in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the... more » Owner description: The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome. Inside, a multimedia show immerses visitors into Nimes' heroic past using the the most cutting-edge resources. The visitors become heroes of Nîmes themselves and the Maison Carrée becomes a gateway to the past and history of Nîmes. « less
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Oxfordshire
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The internal attraction of this building is a 20-25 minute film about the history of Nimes. It's subtitled in English and is a very slick production. We brought a combined ticket that gave us access to the amphiteatre as well so I can't comment on the price of this attraction individually. It's nice to do and gives people an escape... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

That's part of why we travel... to discover magical architecture that still exists from millennia ago and still seems relevant in the modern age. Just walk around the outside if you have no time for a movie inside. The color of the stone and its beautiful proportions are perfect.

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California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This temple, set in the middle of a large plaza, is amazingly well-preserved for something almost 2,000 years old. It's quite beautiful, and worth a stop. (Parking is close by, at the Maison Carrée Vinci Park, off the Boulevard Alphonse Daudet.) Signs outside explain some interesting history of the building. We did not go inside (based upon other TA reviews)... More

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Richmond, VA
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

There was a short movie about the history of Nimes that we all enjoyed, including our children ages 8-14. We especially enjoyed the air conditioning! Being that we are from Richmond, VA and we have a copy of this building in our city (because Thomas Jefferson saw Maison Carree and modeled our capitol building after it), we felt obligated to... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Beautiful Roman temple which is fully intact and has been turned into a 'cinema' showing a short film about the history of Roman story of Nimes. It is worth the price of admission which is not too steep - and a lovely cool place to escape the hot summer temperatures outside!

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Sydney, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It was a beautiful structure, given it was right in the middle of a modern square. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, you could spend a few hours here. But we did not enter, i didn't feel the entry fee was worth it, given all the other places i planned to see. Parking close by is a challenge, make sure you... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Wonderful intact Roman Temple, which dominates the plaza it stands in. As others have pointed out there is not much to see inside apart from a film which runs every 30 minutes called "Nemausus-The Birth of Nimes. If you have time, it is well done and informative, if there is no interest in the film you will not miss anything... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is a restored Roman temple in the old city of Nimes, definitely worth a visit if you want to get an idea of what some of Nimes looked like in Roman times. The (surprisingly small) interior has been converted into a film theatre which shows a film about the Roman-era history of Nimes, interesting to get some perspective on... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Beautifully preserved temple in the centre of Nimes, however inside there is nothing to see...except a film... which is the best reconstruction / historical / visitor attraction film i have every seen i think 5 euro, money well spent but don't expect to see the inside of a temple

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

As others have said, this building is breath-taking! It has been so beautifully restored and sits majestically with modern day shops, cafes and traffic all around it. Yet, it maintains its beauty and majesty. It simply beckons to be photographed. It is a pity that in completing the restoration, no effort was made to help the elderly or infirm visitors... More

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